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Review – Doctor Doom #10 (Marvel Comics)

Doctor Doom #10 (Marvel Comics) cover (detail) by Salvador Larroca
  • Writing - 9/10
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  • Art - 7/10
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  • Overall - 8/10
    8/10

Doctor Doom #10

Writer: Christopher Cantwell
Artist: Salvador Larroca 
Colorist: GURU-eFX
Letterer: Cory Petit
Maturity Rating: Teen+
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: December 23, 2020

What if Victor Von Doom was a kind and benevolent leader? What if he forgave and was not so egotistical? What would the Marvel Universe look like?

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“It’s a Doomful Life” Doctor Doom #10

Nothing like getting a review in on the final issue of the series, but here we are with Doctor Doom #10! Yes, this is the final issue of the series, and it definitely goes out with a bang. You see, ol’ Victor Von Doom has been having these dreams or visions of himself. But no not fearmongering, egotistical, hatred-fueled wizard/robot Doom. A kinder, softer Dr. Doom. Someone who has put aside his egotistical ways; a person who thinks of others first. What kind of world would a kind-hearted Doom build? Our Doctor Doom gets to visit this other Doom and his world. Will this adventure change Doctor Doom’s heart? Will it grow three sizes after seeing what good he could bring to the world? Doctor Doom sees a world where he is good in Doctor Doom #10.

Writing

Doctor Doom #10 (Marvel Comics) cover by Salvador Larroca
Doctor Doom #10 (Marvel Comics) cover by Salvador Larroca

What truly wonderful writing by Christopher Cantwell in Doctor Doom #10. He gets right into the head of Von Doom and draws out his voice and feeling superbly well. Just everything that comes out of Doctor Doom’s mouth is fantastic and sounds pitch-perfect for his character.

This look into Doom if he basically turned “good” was a ton of fun. I really love that Cantwell plays off one of my favorite Christmas movies with the title for the story: “Bedford Falls”. It does a classic reverse It’s a Wonderful Life. We are shown through this magnificent land and we see all the good Doctor Doom does, if only he would change his personality a bit. It is all in hopes that it will show Doom what good he could do and change his heart.

As Cantwell brings us through Doctor Doom #10 it kind of leads you on into thinking “where is this going?” and then there is a superb, abrupt change. I can’t and won’t spoil it, but it actually made me sit back and go “oh my”. Just a great changeup, and maybe a perfect way to end the series.

Art

Now I guess I should start off by saying I have never been a huge Salvador Larroca fan. His style is just a little too stiff and plain for me. Now, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t do a solid job in Doctor Doom #10. There are tons of great little details throughout the issue.

I love the way he details Doctor Doom’s costume. He adds a nice, almost “regal” touch to it that looks great. Actually, all the characters’ clothing looks fantastic. I think some of the panel setups and layouts could be a little more adventurous, though, to help build the story up. Also, the coloring by GURU-eFX just looks a little too smooth and glossy, almost. It just looks a little too smooth and clean.

That may be the thing that bothers me most about the art. Everything just looks a tad too perfect, which does kind of work for that other world. But everything art-wise just feels flat; there is no real “character” to any of it. Nothing really stands out or grips you, art-wise, as a whole.

Now, there is a great shot of Doom sitting on his throne that is fantastic. Just his posture and the look he has is classic Doctor Doom. Again, I am not saying the art is terrible. It is just a little too static and smooth-looking for my taste. 

Conclusion 

Doctor Doom #10, for me, was a delightful end to this series. Christopher Cantwell catches the “voice” of Doctor Doom perfectly; I am not sure if anybody else does it as well as him. While the art isn’t quite what I like or want, it is not terrible and does visually bring the story to life. But it does not really stand out, either. If you have been following along with this series then I think you will be pleasantly surprised and happy with this ending. If not, you could probably still read this as a pretty solid “one-shot” type story that is easily enjoyable as well.


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